Child sex: no decision yet on charges against boys

2012-05-14 00:00

THE case against three Imbali boys, aged 12 and 13 years old, for allegedly forcing two children, aged four and five, to commit sexual acts and filming them on a cellphone, is awaiting a decision on whether to prosecute them.

Lieutenant Colonel Selva Naick of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) in Pietermaritzburg, said that a case had been opened on April 4 despite the victims’ families saying that no case had been opened.

Naick said police are investigating the alleged sexual abuse of the smaller children.

He said all the children involved are being counselled, including the perpetrators.

Naick added that after further investigation, with the aid of psychologists and social workers, a decision will be made on what charges, if any, to level against the boys, as they are not criminally accountable.

Naick said the four-year-old child had not said much about the alleged sexual abuse, saying only that the older boys “did something naughty”, and that the five year old had not spoken about it. He said doctors could not confirm that penetration had taken place.

The families of the younger children said they are relieved to see the wheels of justice starting to turn.

“I am happy that police are doing their job. We hope that justice will be served. The boys are attending counselling and I think they are getting better,” said the mother of one child.

The toddlers were allegedly forced to engage in a sexual act and filmed while this occurred.

On April 3, a 19-year-old man saw the image on the suspect’s cellphone and seized the cellphone, and showed the video to the victim’s mother.

The cellphone has since been forwarded to the cyber crime unit for analysis.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the investigation is at a sensitive stage.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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